Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Magnify the Lord with me! Let’s praise his name together! Psalm 34.3
This psalm was written be David. The superscription makes a reference to 1 Samuel 21.10-15. David had gone to King Achish of Gath to flee from Saul who was King of Israel.
When David heard what the king’s servants were saying about him to Achish, he was very afraid. He altered his behavior and pretended to be insane in their presence. David was able to leave there without coming to harm.
This psalm praises the Lord. The Christian should be continually praising him. Our boasting should be in the Lord and all that he has done for us. As his name becomes known in the earth, his glory is increased and magnified. He answers our prayers for help and delivers us from our fears.
Let us be like David and taste and see that the Lord is good!
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Rising Joy, Vicki Matheny
May the Lord your God be praised because he favored you by placing you on the throne of Israel! Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he made you king so you could make just and right decisions. 1 Kings 10.9
The queen of Sheba had heard about Solomon, the king of Israel. She decided to travel to Jerusalem to see for herself if what she had heard was true. As she posed her questions to Solomon, there was no question that was too difficult for him to answer. She was amazed at all that she saw in his palace. His servants were actually happy!
The result. She praised God! At the beginning of his reign, Solomon was just and made right decisions because of the wisdom that God had given him. It appears that as he grew older, he allowed his wives and concubines to pull him away from God.
We must stay alert to our spiritual health. It is important that we not lose our intensity as we grow older! Perhaps someone will look at our life and praise God for what they hear and see.
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“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!”
This psalm, beginning the last group, psalms of praise, declares that man’s help is limited; God’s is not. The Creator maintains his creation, vv. 5-6. The King of Kings helps his people, vv. 7-10.
Our plans last only as long as our life, vv. 3-4. So we must not place trust in man, no matter how powerful. When God is our help and hope, v. 5, how happy we will be!
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“The praise you receive as far away as the ends of the earth is worthy of your reputation, O God. You execute justice!”
This third of three praise psalms focuses on God’s actions on behalf of Zion (1-8) and her reactions to his deliverance (9-14).
God’s concern covers the whole world. He desires praise from all peoples. He works in his people to that end.
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By Rick Kelley
Introduction: Seven powerful words from the shortest Psalm, the mid-point of the Bible.
a. The beginning, the ending and the point, of the Psalm
b. Not only that, but Praise is the beginning, the ending, and the point of the Psalms
c. The Psalms are, by and large, prayers, petitions, and praises to God.
d. Praise is perhaps the one thing humanity can offer to God that God cannot offer to Himself, and which God cannot extract from us.
“Better is the one who is slighted but has a servant, Than he who honors himself but lacks bread” (Proverbs 12:9 NKJV). A loyal “servant” knows his master, and serves, regardless of circumstance or outside opinion. Being “slighted” by others should not discourage a person from being honorable and respected at home. However, acting like things are better than they actually are is an exercise in hypocrisy and self-deceit! Putting up a front of self-honor when the facts are he “lacks bread” makes life look like a stage setting, all image and no substance. Self-praise is NO praise! Proverbs 27:2 (NKJV): “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.” We expect our parents and grandparents to “praise us,” so the emphasis here is “a stranger,” someone who is outside our family.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
Some people look at the Bible and stand amazed at “the wealth of [God’s] kindness, forbearance, and patience” Rm 2.4 NET. It’s a humbling experience, one that, as Paul says, ought to lead us to the change of repentance.
Other people look at the Bible and see a bunch of stories with no meaning. It speaks more of the poverty of their souls than about the content of Scripture.
Some days ago I ran across a website that listed a huge, huge number of the greatest literary sentences of all time. Not a single Bible verse was included. If you can’t find at least one great literary sentence in all of the Bible, not only is your soul impoverished, but your sense of literature as well. Continue reading
Praise focuses on the person of God and his actions. It is not a listing of one’s blessings. Praise details the character of God and follows his plan of redemption through history. It describes his nature and worships his work and word. Praise is personal, but not restricted to self, for it recognizes the purpose of God for all peoples and especially for the body of Christ. Continue reading
Many people praise God and curse mankind with the same tongue. “With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so” (James 3:9-10 NKJV). It is only because God, not Evolution, created us that humans should be treated with a dignity above animals. People who say, “Pets are humans, too” have elevated animals to having the image of God, and that is idolatry! They have “exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever” (Romans 1:25 NKJV). Because baptism washes away sins (Acts 22:16), it is not for animals!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
What a great way to start a prayer! Solomon starts with the only God who is faithful. Continue reading
It is common for churches to sing songs of praise to the Almighty, and we can see the wisdom of this. These songs of praise are to not only be accurate in the substance of the words sung, but they are to be sung with the singular design of pleasing the Lord, and not ourselves. That is not to say that we can’t be pleased in our singing, or even by the sound of it, but if that is our focus, then are we singing to ourselves? Moreover, when the Lord’s people meet to worship, the Lord’s people (or church) are to sing, not some specific, or exclusive, choir/chorus. It is of note that most churches of Christ do not use a mechanical instrument of music; this is on purpose. The Lord does not directly prohibit an instrument in the New Testament, but neither did He sanction one. Thus, to use one in the context of the church’s worship is to presume on the Lord’s prerogative. Let us not lose sight of what is important: our heart in direct connection to the Lord through the songs of praise we sing.
A selection of Scriptures of praise has been added to the Old Paths Archive in English and Dutch, in text and audio. Continue reading
Great, O Lord, is your kingdom, your power and your glory; great are your works, your wonders and your praises;; great also is your wisdom, your goodness, your justice and your mercy, and for all these we bless you and magnify your holy name, for ever and ever. Amen.
—George Wither (1588-1667)
I was recently afforded the opportunity to perform in the Murfreesboro Symphony Chorus at a concert with the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra. I had been to orchestral performances many times before, and while they can be very exciting, they can also be a bit tiresome during some passages. If you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself waking up to the applause of the audience at the end of a piece. This one, however–almost every moment of it–was different.
Perhaps it was the acoustics–the reverberation in the venue; perhaps it was the one or two thousand faces focused in on the stage; perhaps it was being able to see the conductor’s face for once instead of his back; perhaps it was getting to be part of a group of incredible singers to which I felt inferior; perhaps it was the beauty of the music, much of which was written by one of the best-known composers of our time. As I sang with the choir, or simply sat and listened as the orchestra played alone, excitement flowed through me like electricity during almost the entire concert. Every solo, every climax, every quiet passage, every pause created a sensation I could feel, not only in my mind and heart, but in my body. Here was a group of some of the best musicians (and me) performing excellent music by one of the most well-regarded modern composers on some of the finest instruments in a superb venue, led by one of the most talented conductors in our region. Every person there (on stage and in the audience) was focused on one thing–the music. Being in the midst of the ensemble provided for one of the most intense musical experiences I’ve ever had.
Revelation 14, 15, and 19 have descriptions of multitudes of people and angels singing praise to God. I’m afraid sometimes we think of that image and liken it to our local congregational singing, which–like any other thing we do on a regular basis–can often seem less than thrilling. Continue reading
Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 12:9: “Better is the one who is slighted but has a servant, Than he who honors himself but lacks bread.”
A loyal “servant” knows his master, and serves, regardless of circumstance or outside opinion. Being “slighted” by others should not discourage a person from being honorable and respected at home. However, acting like things are better than they actually are is an exercise in hypocrisy and self-deceit! Being proud when there is nothing of which to be proud is despicable. Putting up a front of self-honor when the facts are he “lacks bread” makes life look like a stage setting, all image and no substance. Self-praise is NO praise! “Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, Lest you be filled with it and vomit” (Proverbs 25:16). “It is not good to eat much honey; So to seek one’s own glory is not glory” (Proverbs 25:27). Too much of a sweet thing is sickening, and so is it to be around those who praise themselves! It is one thing to receive the accolades of one’s peers, but quite another to be acknowledged by those outside of our personal sphere. Another proverb teaches this: Proverbs 27:2: “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.” We expect our parents and grandparents to “praise us,” so the emphasis here is “a stranger,” someone who is outside our family. It is even more pathetic to be around someone who cannot get recognition without self-promotion! An untreatable medical condition is caused by the sprained elbow of people patting themselves on their own backs! How pitiful is it for the best opinion about someone to be from that person! Even Jesus Christ had others who bore witness of Him (John 5:31-47) to show that “If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true.”
Jesus Christ said to His disciples concerning people in the world: “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:19). “The world would love its own” is Jesus’ way of saying the worldly-minded will always support each other by propping up everyone who thinks like they do, and verbally or physically attack all righteous people who will not conform to their standards! Christians should not expect former “friends” to be encouraging: “For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles–when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead” (1 Peter 4:3-5).
All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.